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Vintage-Style Bags Get a Boost From Online Marketing

Vintage-Style Bags Get a Boost From Online Marketing

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Thoughtful web marketing drives an artisanal business.
December 9, 2012 in Online Marketing
What Retail Startups Can Learn From 'The Daily Show'

What Retail Startups Can Learn From 'The Daily Show'

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While retail sites like Warby Parker and Mr Porter are successfully blending discovery with good design, they're missing one key ingredient: humor. Here's a case for why retail sites should be funny.
December 8, 2012 in Branding
Consignment Store Franchise Grows From a Mom's Needs

Consignment Store Franchise Grows From a Mom's Needs

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Just Between Friends clothing store franchise grows from filling needs for family and friends.
December 7, 2012 in Franchises
Photos: Day #9: Groovy Gifts of Apparel, Made by Indie Merchants

Day #9: Groovy Gifts of Apparel, Made by Indie Merchants

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Sandals. Subscription underwear. We've got our top apparel picks in this year's Indie Merchant Holiday Gift Guide.
December 4, 2012 in Business Ideas
Cooperative Companies Offer an Alternative to Franchising

Cooperative Companies Offer an Alternative to Franchising

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Going it alone isn't the best route for all business owners. Cooperative corporations offer an alternative to franchising, with members working together to decide how their company should operate.
November 30, 2012 in Franchises
Shoppers Spend $5.5 Billion on Small Business Saturday

Shoppers Spend $5.5 Billion on Small Business Saturday

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Small-business owners say Black Friday and Cyber Monday did little for their bottom line, but Thanksgiving weekend sales still came in slightly better than expected.
November 27, 2012 in Sales
A Luxury Shoemaker's Surprise Family Business

A Luxury Shoemaker's Surprise Family Business

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Philip Nappi discovers that his passion of footwear runs in the family.
November 24, 2012 in Family Business
What You Can Learn About Ecommerce From Used Wedding Dresses

What You Can Learn About Ecommerce From Used Wedding Dresses

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An online retailer pitches the sharks on her newly minted designer wedding dress consignment business, but no one bites.
November 19, 2012 in Retail Center
The Two Ps of Consumer Behavior: (Seeking) Pleasure and (Skirting) Pain

The Two Ps of Consumer Behavior: (Seeking) Pleasure and (Skirting) Pain

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Too many startups develop products and services for ‘assumed’ wants and perceived needs. What about designing solutions for deeper desires?
November 16, 2012 in Business Ideas
How Shopatrend Used Instagram to Attract New Customers

How Shopatrend Used Instagram to Attract New Customers

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The online clothing boutique leveraged their keen visual sense to market their company at little cost with Instagram.
November 3, 2012 in Online Marketing
BizBox Brings the Store to the Customer

BizBox Brings the Store to the Customer

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The 6,000-pound retail shop can be pulled by a large pickup truck to wherever potential customers may gather.
October 12, 2012 in Franchises
Four Companies Transforming the Franchising World

Four Companies Transforming the Franchising World

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Franchising may not seem like an innovative endeavor, but these businesses are game changers.
October 12, 2012 in Franchises
Brother and Sister Team Start a Trendy Used Clothing Franchise

Brother and Sister Team Start a Trendy Used Clothing Franchise

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Inspired by her franchise-owning parents, Chelsea Sloan started Uptown Cheapskate with her brother Scott while she was still in college.
September 21, 2012 in Franchises
A Former Broker Taps Into His Passion for Vintage Guitars

A Former Broker Taps Into His Passion for Vintage Guitars

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A CEO's knack for buying low and selling high combined with his love of vintage musical instruments led him to revive Chicago Music Exchange.
September 14, 2012 in New Ideas
How 'NFC' and Mobile Wallets Will Change the Way Retailers Do Business

How 'NFC' and Mobile Wallets Will Change the Way Retailers Do Business

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What business owners need to know about these developing technologies.
September 11, 2012 in Mobile
Website Makes Boutique Fashions Available Anywhere

Website Makes Boutique Fashions Available Anywhere

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Shoptiques brings cutting-edge creations from brick-and-mortar boutiques online.
September 9, 2012 in Profiles
6 Tips for Running a Layaway Program

6 Tips for Running a Layaway Program

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With the holiday shopping season fast approaching, now is the time to consider offering your customers a layaway option.
September 6, 2012 in Growth Strategies
What PayPal's Partnership With Discover Means to Business Owners and Consumers

What PayPal's Partnership With Discover Means to Business Owners and Consumers

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Starting next spring, merchants will be able to accept PayPal through their existing relationship with Discover card.
August 28, 2012 in Mobile
One Ecommerce Tool Makes Doing Business Internationally Easier

One Ecommerce Tool Makes Doing Business Internationally Easier

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How Gilt Groupe uses FiftyOne to help manage overseas currencies, taxes and more.
August 13, 2012 in Selling Online
A Retail Extreme Makeover Provides Sweet Rewards

A Retail Extreme Makeover Provides Sweet Rewards

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A Chicago cupcake company’s experience offers lessons on renovating an affordable, but neglected retail space.
July 30, 2012 in Retail Center
How Green Power Can Benefit Both Small Retailers and the Environment

How Green Power Can Benefit Both Small Retailers and the Environment

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Tips on making the move to green energy, from wind and solar power to renewable energy credits.
July 23, 2012 in Going Green
Reveal Your Retail Personality

Reveal Your Retail Personality

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Three retail business owners show how to project personality and add a special flair to your store.
July 19, 2012 in Retail Center
7 Tips to Create Winning Window Displays

7 Tips to Create Winning Window Displays

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How to design windows that will command attention and lure shoppers into your store.
June 25, 2012 in Retail Center
7 Layout Secrets of the Big Retail Chains

7 Layout Secrets of the Big Retail Chains

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The right design and displays can steer customers to more merchandise and keep them shopping longer.
June 18, 2012 in Retail Center
Video: How Retail Businesses Can Use Gamification to Engage with CustomersPlay Video

How Retail Businesses Can Use Gamification to Engage with Customers (Video)

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Gabe Zichermann offers examples of how gaming elements can help retail owners engage with customers and market their businesses.
May 16, 2012 in Your Website

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